That was the scene today across from Stop & Shop.
US Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and Connecticut’s chief finance guy Kevin Lembo, came here to boost Democratic 1st and 2nd selectman hopefuls Melissa Kane and Rob Simmelkjaer.
Also on the scene: award-winning New York Times photographer and 1988 Staples High School graduate Tyler Hicks. His sister Darcy is a political activist.
From left: Chris Murphy, Rob Simmelkjaer, Tyler Hicks, Melissa Kane, Kevin Lembo, Richard Blumenthal.
And before folks get all bent out of shape, accusing me of partisanship: Trust me. If the Republicans had rolled out firepower like this, I’d post their shot too.
It’s a great photo op. That’s it.
See you at the polls!
This is the time of year when 12th graders suffer serious cases of senioritis.
But Eli Debenham and Lulu Stracher are 2 of Staples’ most politically aware — and active — students.
So this morning — instead of school — they headed to Norwalk Community College.
Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal discussed gun violence. The forum was moderated by Westport attorney Josh Koskoff.
It was an important, informative event. But afterward, Eli and Lulu had a typical high school worry: They needed a note for missing class.
They just asked Senator Murphy to write one.
He happily obliged.
Lulu Stracher, Eli Debenham, and the man who excused them from class this morning.
The note read:
Please excuse my friends for their absence. I required their attendance in my forum on violence — under penalty of arrest! — Chris Murphy
You may like Connecticut’s junior senator or not. But you gotta admit: That’s great constituent service!
Lulu and Eli’s note.
In the days following the Orlando massacre, Connecticut politicians have once again been in the forefront of the fight to force Congress to address gun legislation.
Chris Murphy led a 15-hour filibuster on the Senate floor. Colleague Richard Blumenthal joined in. And Congressman Jim Himes earned national notice by walking out of the House of Representatives’ moment of silence, demanding real action rather than empty gestures.
Many Westporters were moved by our legislators’ stances.
Melissa Kane was moved to act.
The chair of the Democratic Town Committee sent out an email this weekend. In it, she called the three men’s actions “a wonderful lesson for my children.”
To show her appreciation, she invited anyone and everyone — especially kids — to gather for a group photo today at Compo Beach.
The shot below — taken by Pamela Einarsen — will be sent to Senators Murphy and Blumenthal, and Congressman Himes. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it.
Though they’d no doubt appreciate actual legislation more.
Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Pamela Einarsen)
PS: After the shoot, some latecomers arrived. They posed with a few stragglers, for a 2nd image: